2016 Programme

PROGRAMME

5th AFRICA CENTURY INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN WRITERS CONFERENCE

Theme

The Role of Writers’ Organisations in Society

Programme Directors

Sindiswa Seakhoa

Accounts Executive Director – the wRite associates

Project Manager – SALA and ICIAWC

Ms Mante Mphahlele

Department of English Studies, University of South Africa

 

TIME ACTIVITY
8H00 – 9H00 Arrival, registration and tea
9H00 – 9H10

Opening and Welcome Remarks

Prof Kgomotso Masemola

Department of English Studies, University of South Africa

 

9H10 – 9H15 Programme Overview and Introduction of the Minister, Nathi Mthethwa

 

Morakabe Raks Seakhoa

Member, wRite associates

Convenor – Africa Century International African Writers Conference & SA Literary Awards

 

9H20 – 9H50 5thInternational African Writers Day Lecture

Hon Nathi Mthethwa- Minister of Arts and Culture

 

9H50 – 9H55 Word of Thanks to the Minister, Nathi Mthethwa

Prof Zodwa Motsa

Chairperson: South African Literary Awards

9H55 – 10H25

TEA BREAK

10H30 – 11H30 Session 1:

 

Topic

“The Role, State and Significance of Writers’ Organisations in Society

Panel:

Lisa Combrinck – Author and poet

 

Morakabe Seakhoa – Member, wRite associates

Convenor – Africa Century International African Writers Conference & SA Literary Awards

 

 

Goodenough Mashego – Editor, artist, publisher, journalist

 

Chair:

Dr Raphael D’Abdon

Department of English Studies, University of South Africa

 

11H30 – 12H30 Session 2:

Topic

“A Museum for Writers: An Introduction to the National English Literary Museum”

 

Andrew Martin

Research Curator at the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown

 

Topic:

‘Selby Mvusi: A missing puzzle in the evolution of South Africa’s black modernism’

 

ProfSopelekaeMaithufi,

Associate Professor: Department of English Studies, UNISA

 

Chair:

 

Dr Mzukisi Lento

Department of English Studies, UNISA

 

 

 

12H30 – 13H30 Session 3

 

Topic:

“The Influence and Struggles of Writers’ Organisations in Developing, Preserving and Promoting Writing in Indigenous Languages”

Panel:

 

 

 

Sam Mtsweni

Author and Chairperson of SiYalo Writers Guild

 

 

Goodenough Mashego – Editor, artist, publisher, journalist

 

 

Chair:

Mr Goodenough Mashego

Editor, artist, publisher, journalist

 

13H30 – 14H30 LUNCH
14H30 – 15H30 Session 4

 

Topic:

 

“Establishing/Reviving a Sustainable South African Writers’ Organisation:Where do we start?

Panel:

Colin Smuts – Author, organisation development, mentoring and research consultant

 

Walter Chakela – Playwright, poet, theatrical director

 

Prof Andries Oliphant – Writer, playwright, academic, literary theorist, arts and culture policy developer, and cultural leader.

 

Chair:

Prof Nhlanhla Maake

ACIAWC Intellectual Content Development Panel

 

15H30 –16H30 Proposed way forward and closing remarks

 

Chair:

Prof Zodwa Motsa

Chairperson: South African Literary Awards

 

Closure